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Lower urinary system symptoms and affecting factors in female students living dorm
  • Handan Ozcan,
  • Nezihe Kızılkaya Beji
Handan Ozcan
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Nezihe Kızılkaya Beji
Biruni Universitesi
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Abstract

Background and aim The aim of the study is to determine the LUTS and the factors affecting it among young women living in the dormitory. Methods The study is descriptive and cross-sectional. In the study, a total of 355 women attending education in a public university with a 95% confidence interval were interviewed. Data were collected using the descriptive form and the Bristol Female Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Scale. Necessary permissions were obtained and appropriate analyzes were made with the SPSS-22 program. Results The average age of women is 20.21±1.62 (min=18, max=27). 40.8% of the participants have frequent urinary tract infections, about half (50.7%) of them have no knowledge about urinary tract infections. 71.6% of women have storage, 29.7% have urinating, 18.4% have incontinence, 8.8% have sexual life, and 37.2% have symptoms related to quality of life. Factors affecting the symptoms; history of chronic disease (such as neurological diseases, depression), smoking, low income, history of urinary incontinence in childhood, presence of symptoms in the mother or family history, the presence and number of urinary tract infections, chronic constipation, and not paying attention to toilet cleaning. Conclusion It is recommended to carry out community-based studies, to raise awareness of women, to support priority risk groups by screening, and to increase the number of specialist healthcare personnel for care and treatment.